Sometimes in life there are things that you want to do, that you know you want, but that you cannot get to. Either the circumstances won’t allow it, or the timing isn’t right, regardless, you get to wait and hope.
Nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies is Abraham Lake. Abraham Lake is an artificial lake on the North Saskatchewan River lining the David Thompson Highway between Saskatchewan River Crossing and Nordegg. It was created in 1972 with the construction of the Bighorn Dam. Although man-made, it still possesses the blue colour of other glacial lakes in the Rocky Mountains.
Within the lake itself is a naturally occuring source of methane. During the winter, when the lake freezes over, methane bubbles from the lake’s bottom are released and get trapped in the ice as they escape to the surface. This causes the incredible sight of thousands of tiny little bubbles trapped within the ice all over the lake. Tourists flock from all over the world out to see this phenomenon, go for a walk on the lake, and see how well they can capture the bubbles.
Though it’s not actually that far from where I live, timing has never allowed me to get out there. Until this past weekend, that is.
Knight and I got behind the wheel of an Audi A4 Komfort Quatro and headed for the Rockies. (Side Note – I am quickly becoming an Audi person. These cars are brilliant, luxurious, and so user friendly. I am grateful for the opportunity to test drive it)
When you see the lake, it’s absolutely breathtaking. The scenery is second to none, with the image of the lake surrounding by densely packed forests and skyscraping majestic mountains is something that will be forever ingrained in my memory.
I would reckon the ice itself was about six feet thick at this stage. The weather here has been exceptionally cold this winter, so no one was afraid to walk out there.
We made our way down the hill to the lake itself and went hunting for bubbles. What we ended up finding was cooler than I could ever describe in words.
The bubbles were everywhere. They’d literally been trapped all over the lake. We walked out pretty far and noticed the change in the colour of ice (change of thickness comes with change in colour) but alas, the methane bubbles were caught trying to burst through.
There were spots where the ice had cracked and pushed up. The pieces of ice were so thick and so dense, it was hard to imagine and I was seeing it with my own eyes.
Honestly, I loved it. I loved every second of it. I can understand why people come from near and far to see this place.
On the way home we ran into some mountain goats licking the sale off the highway. They were pretty cute, and pretty docile as well.
I really didn’t want to have to give the Audi back. It’s a beautiful car. It’s so user friendly, and so… easy to drive. Plus it looks pretty EVERYWHERE. Even when it’s covered in road salt from the Canadian highways.
If anyone is ever in Alberta, Canada in the winter and wants an adventure, I highly recommend renting a car and taking it out to Abraham Lake. Don’t purchase a tour from one of those companies. They’re horrendously overpriced (I saw online that they’re charging tourists $340 per person just to drive you to the lake!) and way to regimented. Rent a car, go for yourself! Take the time you want and witness the magic that is Abraham Lake.